[LINK] MS audit cripples city
Tue, 07 Nov 2000 15:45:28 +1030
Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> The city's CIO admits that Microsoft is legitimately entitled to order such
> an audit, but we don't think he's all that happy about it. The demand will
> affect every department and tie up large numbers of staff - Virginia Beach
> is almost entirely run on MS kit and they will have to check around 3,500
> computers. Not only that, but if the city can't prove that a piece of
> software is legit, it may have to pay full whack for them. It could be
> facing a nasty bill at the end of it.
> Having managed to get a 30-day extension on the deadline, it now has until
> the end of the month to comply. A quarter of the city's IT staff have been
> put onto the job full-time, causing backlogs in IT updates across the
> organisation. Have fun lads.
I wonder if this requirement is factored into the TCO or ROI by CIOs who make
the decision to go with Micro$oft.
Go on Sun Microsystems, it's a great time to get StarOffice out there ....
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